Not all arrhythmias need to be treated. Many are harmless and do not cause problems. When arrhythmias affect heart function, and cause symptoms serious enough to affect your daily life, treatment may be needed. The goal of arrhythmia treatment is to restore the normal rhythm to your heart to avoid potential complications
Medications can be used to slow down or speed up your heart rate, or return your heart rhythm to normal.
Various causes of a rapid heartbeat can be shocked back to a normal rhythm. These treatments involve placing paddles on the chest or back. An electrical current is passed through the chest wall to the heart. The current resets the heart's electrical circuits. It also tries to return the heart rhythm to normal.
Surgery can be used to remove tissue to disrupt factors that cause arrhythmias. It may also involve implanting devices that trigger and maintain regular rhythm.
Ablation—An area of the heart that is responsible for an abnormal rhythm may be surgically removed or altered (ablated) with different techniques.
creates a pattern of scar tissue in the upper chambers of the heart. This makes a pathway for electrical impulses to travel through the heart. It also blocks the pathway for fast or irregular impulses. The Maze procedure may also be done as minimally invasive surgery (called
Automatic implantable defibrillator—A tiny
can be surgically implanted in your chest to monitor your heart rhythm. The device will automatically shock the heart if a dangerous arrhythmia happens. This may help return the heart rhythm to normal.
is surgically implanted in your chest. It takes over the job of providing the electrical impulses needed to have a good heart rhythm.
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